Oil vs Water Based Polyurethane

Flooring that has an oil based polyurethane

Polyurethane is a common protectant to use on wood floors. You can use water and oil-based polyurethane to give your floors a shiny, glossy look. Polyurethane creates a protective coating that reduces damage like scratches, scuffs, and dents, so your floors don’t show wear and tear signs. It can also help waterproof your foundations, so …

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Epoxy vs Polyurethane

Person applying polyurethane on the floor

Epoxy and polyurethane are high-performance resins used for coating concrete and metal. Polyurethane and epoxy are resins that form a durable, waterproof coating. Although they both create a glossy look, they are not the same. In this article, we compare epoxy vs polyurethane, the different types, and uses. Epoxy Coatings and Finishes Epoxy is surface …

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Lacquer vs Varnish

Dining table

When doing woodwork, you want to put a protective finish on the top. Many people prefer a clear topcoat that protects the wood and gives it a high-gloss look. Varnish and lacquer are two common finishes that give your wood a shiny, glossy finish. When applied, it can be difficult to determine between the two, …

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Varnish vs Stain

Two pieces of wood applied with varnish and stain

Many people like to use finishes to give their wood a unique, attractive look and offer some protection against common enemies like water, buffs, and knicks. Varnish and stain are two common finishes used to protect and improve the appearance of wood surfaces. But these two products are not the same thing. Stains cause your …

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Lacquer vs Enamel

Clear brushing lacquer applied on wood

Lacquer and enamel are two common types of finishes that give the final product a shiny look. But these finishes also have differences, so they are not the same. Understanding the differences between lacquer and enamel finishes ensures you pick the right choice for your project. Lacquer and Enamel Finishing Many people prefer glossy, shiny …

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Minwax vs Varathane

Man comparing Minwax vs Varathane

Not sure whether to choose Minwax or Varathane products for your wood refinishing projects? Stuck deciding between oil-based and water-based finishes? To help you make these decisions, we’re going to take an in-depth look at these brands and some of their products. We’ll also take a look at some common wood finishing questions. Keep reading …

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Spar Urethane vs Polyurethane

Spar urethane vs polyurethane

Wood requires proper protection to prolong its life and keep it looking beautiful–and for that, the right wood finish is essential. Spar urethane and polyurethane are two of the most widely used protective products. But which one is best?  The answer? It depends. There are pros and cons to each, and you should understand them …

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Polyurethane vs Lacquer

Person applying polyurethane to a piece of wood

Among wood finishes, polyurethane and lacquer are two of the most popular ones. In fact, armature and season woodworkers tend to recommend them a lot for wood finishing. Deciding which one of them to use can be pretty confusing, especially if you’re not an expert. We’ll walk you step by step through their pros and …

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